Hello everyone! Today I’m taking part in a blog tour for Disowned, book one in the Allegiance series by Sarah Addison-fox. I got to read the book a few months ago and am very excited to be sharing my review here today!
But first…here’s all the details:
About the Book
Two countries, two choices, one life. When Kyraenean slave Celeste risks her life to reach the free nation of Etraea, a country filled with technology and wealth, she unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will change her life forever. After escaping her new owner, Celeste awakens in the home of an Etraean soldier, sworn to protect the fragile peace.
For Corporal Mick Haynes, life is simple. Follow the rules, do your job and work your way up the ranks. Getting shot and finding a wanted slave at his family’s farm wasn’t part of the plan.
When a Kyraenean bounty hunter locates Celeste, Mick’s loyalty will be stretched to the limit. With war on the horizon, Celeste faces two impossible choices. Both securing her freedom, but both at a cost she could never have imagined. Will Etraea provide the freedom she’s longed for or shackle her to an entirely new master?
About the Author
Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed, clean, fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on both her YA fantasy series’ she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.
The plot moved fairly well, though I was a little skeptical at the start, especially when the second chapter slowed down. However, it soon picked up and kept me turning the pages (in this case on my Kindle) very quickly. The tension rose and fell very well, and I found that I couldn’t put the book down very often!
The story is most definitely character-driven, focusing sorely on the lives of the two main characters, Mick and Celeste. I enjoyed how much of them I got to see, though I did wish at times to see more of the outside world and see the conflict expanded there.
Near the last quarter of the book, my interest dropped a little bit, and there was one twist that seemed a little random to me. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the last chapter (cliffhanger, haha!), and will most definitely be picking up the sequel when it’s out!
All the characters were wonderfully done. Even the side characters had a distinct uniqueness that made them walk off the pages!
Mick was most definitely my favorite. He was so…real. Except for one instance in which his liking for Celeste shifted rather abruptly, I loved his character the entire time. He was kind, but also rough around the edges, which rounded him out very well. His relationship with his parents and siblings was awesome, too.
Asher was also good, though I was little disappointed by one of the roles he played near the end; I think it should have been given to Mick *shrugs*
Celeste…I liked her as the protagonist, though I have mixed feelings about her character. I could understand and relate to her, but she either came off as helpless or overly strong. I would have liked to see her soften more than break, but I began to understand her more toward the end, and look forward to seeing where her character goes.
– I would recommend for 14+ There are slight mentions of things done to slaves like Celeste that aren’t at all G-rated, but are handled well. In addition to that, there are mentions of “swearing,”one mild word, and very minor drinking.
– A little thing that disappointed me was that Celeste expressed interest in learning this world’s version of the Bible, but after it was mentioned, the topic vanished. I feel that could have been developed to bring more Christianity into the novel.
– To be very picky, there were a few instances of head-hopping that upset the prose a little. Nothing big, but it was there.
In short, I’d recommend this novel to YA readers looking for a fantasy with a dash of romance, character-focused plot, dynamic action, and themes of freedom and love.
There you have it! This blog tour is going on all month, so be sure to check out all the other posts going around blogsphere!
The Tour Shedule:
Book Review – Unicorn Quester – https://unicornquester.com/blog/
Post Written by Host Blogger – SKG Fun – http://www.southkakalakigirl.com/the-blog/
Guest Post from Author, Sarah Addison Fox –
– Teens n Tiaras – https://teensntiaras.weebly.com/blog
Book Review – Ashley Bogner – http://www.ashleybogner.com/
Author Interview – Karyssa – http://gottahavecoffee.blogspot.com/
Post Written by Host Blogger – Anna –
Book Review – Abigail – http://novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors.blogspot.com/
Post Written by Host Blogger – Abi- https://theleft-handedtypist.blogspot.com
Giveaway – Annie – http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com
Giveaway – Jaye – http://www.jayelknight.blogspot.com
Book Review – Angel – www.purelyunorthodox.com
Post Written by Host Blogger – Anna – https://jumbledthoughtsofawriter.wordpress.com
Book Review – Hannah – www.thedifferentgirl.com
Interview – Kate – https://onceuponanordinary.wordpress.com/ –
Guest Post from Author – New Authors -https://newauthors.wordpress.com/
Book Review – Audrey- http://audreycaylin.com/
Book Review – Kellyn – https://reveriesreviews.wordpress.com/
Guest Post from Author – Liv – http://livkfisher.blogspot.com/
Author Interview – Medofo – https://writingsfromagodgirl.wordpress.com/
Book Review – Victoria – https://rufflesandgrace.com/
Post Written by Host Blogger – Jebraun – https://jebraunclifford.com
Review – Chloe – https://purelybyfaithreviews.wordpress.com/
Review – Kiara -kiarasbookends.wordpress.com
Author Guest Post – J.M. Hackman – www.jmhackman.com
Book Review – Lelia – http://www.leilatualla.com/leilasbookshelf
Author Interview – Riley – rileyalinewrites.wordpress.com
Review – Sarah – www.smylinggirl.blogspot.com
Review – Shay – www.elvenpadawan.com
Review – Jessi – https://theartfulauthor.wordpress.com/
Guest Post from Author – Lands Uncharted- www.landsuncharted.com
Spotlight Post – Raechel – https://godspeculiartreasurerae.wordpress.com/
Have you read Disowned? Are you part of the blog tour/will you be following it? What are some of your favorite Christian fantasy books?